The Pie Hole: Baked Little Piggies.

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And this little piggy made for a real treat. These Piggy Breads make for a delish gift for your friendly cubicle mate or a high sodium gift for your annoying neighbor. How schmancy will you sound when you present them with a ‘moufflet?’ Meaning soft bread in French, it’s all in the presentation. So take your moufflet and become that ‘Suzy Home Maker.” You have it in you.
They can be made sweet or salty, it’s left all up to you. Tis the season for giving–as if you weren’t already made aware by the great amount of advertising being done in all the shops. So, to hell with Halloween; race pass Thanksgiving; hello, Christmas.  Be guilt ridden on giving carbs on holidays, the worry for that figure goes in to hibernation with your mid-drifts and tank top. See you in the Spring!
Apple muffin is the official muffin of New York, dice up some apples and make your Piggies, New Yorkers.

Piggy Muffins.↓

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▪   300 g strong wheat flour

▪   1 sachet (about 5g) instant dry yeast

▪   1 tablespoon sugar

▪   1 level teaspoon salt

▪   40 g unsalted butter, room temperature

▪   1 egg (medium size, about 50 gr)

▪   175 ml whole milk

▪   white non pareils and black edible pen for the eyes


On the Clock.↓

Cook Time: 15 min ↔ Total Time: 30 min (plus resting time)

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Put the flour and yeast in a bowl and combine. Add the sugar and salt. Pour the egg and milk into the bowl. Use a large spoon (or pastry scraper) to mix everything together.
Take the dough out of the bowl and knead. You will feel the dough become elastic after kneading for about 5 minutes.
Add the butter and knead the dough for 5-10 minutes or until the dough is soft, pliable, smooth and slightly shiny, almost satiny. Put the dough into a lightly floured bowl and cover with a cloth. Let the dough rise in a warm place until its size doubles (1 – 1 ½ hour depending on room temperature). Take the dough out of the bowl, deflate it by touching lightly.
Cut the dough into 16 pieces, and roll each of them (excepting one we will use for the ears and noses) into a ball. Place them inside a cupcake case, and let them rest for 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 400º F (200 º C) and prepare small ears and noses with the

Remaining dough. Roll the dough, and with a round mini cookie cutter (or an apple corer) make cut small circles for the nose. With your hands, shape into ovals, and make the nose holes with a toothpick. Then make some more circles. Cut these in quarters for the ears

Stick the ears and the nose to each ball using with brushing them with water
Bake the piggy bread for about 10-15 minutes, until golden brown
Let the breads cool, draw the eyes with a black edible pen, and attach them using some royal icing (see “notes” for alternatives)


If you do not have white non pareils, you might just draw the eyes with a black edible pen like , or use some pepper, melted white and dark chocolate.

You might fill the bread with any filling of your choice, sweet or salty. (do it before forming the balls)

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Written by Jessica Marti.↓

Jessica Marti (n.): contributing writer; will sock you in the face if you rhyme her last name with ‘party.’

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